Shirley Lee Turner

Shirley Lee Turner, 81, formerly of Kansas City, passed away April 20, 2012 at Lenoir Healthcare Center in Columbia, MO.  A memorial service will be held at 4:00 Wednesday, April 25 at The Groves, 1500 White Oak, Independence, MO.

Shirley was born on July 6, 1930 in Morganville, KS, the youngest child of Leah Helen (Seitz) and Joseph Dennis Taylor.  Following graduation from Morganville High School she lived a short time in Hawthorne, CA and then moved to Kansas City where she worked for TWA.  On April 25, 1952 she married Robert Holt Turner.  Their only child, Donald Francis was born in 1956.

In 1957 she went to work for Strike ‘n Spare Bowling Alley in Independence and ran the nursery for many years.  She worked her way up the ranks and retired as general manager in 1995.  In retirement she worked several years as a teller for Bank of America on Noland Road in Independence.

Shirley was a former member of the Kansas City and JaCoMo Chapters of Sweet Adelines.  She and her husband were long time members of First Baptist Church in Raytown and after moving to The Groves, Shirley became a member of Community of Christ and sang in the choir.

She was preceded in death by her son in 1978, her husband in 2007, five sisters: Pearl Lamar, Alice Irene Lamb, Nellie Taylor, Sadie Catherine Underwood, and Frances Michel, and three brothers: J. Herman, Charles, and Dennis Taylor.  She is survived by 12 nieces and nephews, daughter-in-law, June Helling, of New York, and sister-in-law Jane Taylor, of Independence.

Internment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

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  1. Rick Schwebel on April 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

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    Is There Hope for the Dead?
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    1. What is the hope for the dead?
    When Jesus arrived at Bethany near Jerusalem, his friend Lazarus had been dead for four days. Jesus went to the grave site with Martha and Mary, the sisters of the deceased man. Soon, a crowd gathered. Can you imagine the joy of Martha and Mary when Jesus raised Lazarus back to life?—Read John 11:20-24, 38-44.
    Martha believed that the dead would rise. Faithful servants of Jehovah have long known that in the future, God will resurrect the dead to live on earth again.—Read Job 14:14, 15.
    2. What is the condition of the dead?
    Although a force of life, or “spirit,” keeps humans and animals alive, we are not spirits that merely inhabit a body of flesh. (Ecclesiastes 3:19; Genesis 7:21, 22) We are physical creatures made out of dust. (Genesis 2:7; 3:19) When our brain dies, our thoughts perish. Thus, after being resurrected, Lazarus said nothing of his experience in death because the dead are unconscious.—Read Psalm 146:4; Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10.
    Clearly, the dead cannot suffer. So the teaching that God torments people after death is false. It slanders God. The idea of tormenting people in fire is disgusting to him.—Read Jeremiah 7:31.
    3. Can we speak with the dead?
    The dead cannot speak. (Psalm 115:17) But when wicked angels speak to people, they may deceptively claim to be the spirit of a dead person. (2 Peter 2:4) Jehovah forbids attempting to speak with the dead.—Read Deuteronomy 18:10, 11.
    4. Who will come back to life?
    In the coming new world, millions of people who are in the grave will come back to life. Even some who practiced bad things because they did not know Jehovah will be resurrected.—Read Luke 23:43; Acts 24:15.
    Resurrected ones will be able to learn the truth about God and to exercise faith in Jesus by obeying him. (Revelation 20:11-13) Those who come back to life and do good things will be able to enjoy life forever on earth. However, some resurrected ones will continue doing bad things. Their resurrection will turn out to be “a resurrection of judgment.”—Read John 5:28, 29.
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  2. Cathie Nagel on April 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

    So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing, I have such sweet memories of her. My Mom (Betty Layden) managed the day leagues at Strike N’ Spare and on special days she would bring me to work….Shirley would let me come into the nursery and was able to help rock the cribs to get the babies to sleep….I was only a little girl and to be able to help out was wonderful. Off and on for 7 or 8 years she let me help….loved every minute….thank you Shirley! Then years later, she would be my teller at Bank of America, still had that sweet smile on her face…..was sad when she told me that the bank was cutting back and wouldn’t be there anymore…still think about her when I make my deposits. I love you Shirley. Cathie

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